Orange County, CA
The Communities for All Ages local funding partner in Orange County is the Orange County Community Foundation. Established in 1989, the Orange County Community Foundation’s (OCCF) mission is to encourage, support and facilitate philanthropy in Orange County. As a community foundation, OCCF has both a unique opportunity and a responsibility to serve as a catalyst and convener on vital community issues, using its resources to address Orange County’s most critical needs
Orange County is facing numerous challenges that threaten many families throughout our diverse communities. Our focus over the next few years is to effectively meet the needs of our county through the utilization of the full range of our assets and resources. As part of OCCF"s 2009-2012 Strategic Plan, our Board established a goal to increase our community impact by determining the highest and best uses of OCCF’s resources to effectively address community needs as they change over time. Participating in the CFAA initiative will help us achieve this goal.
To implement this initiative, we are partnering with the Orange County Human Relations Council for the past 20 years, OC Human Relations has been working to create safe and inclusive communities, develop diverse leaders, mediate conflict and build understanding and respect among our county’s very diverse residents. They operate human relations programs in Orange County that build bridges of understanding to promote a vision of community where ALL people are valued and included and our diversity is realized as a source of strength.
Their mission is to foster mutual understanding among residents and eliminate prejudice, intolerance and discrimination in order to make Orange County a better place for ALL people to live, work and do business.
The CFAA initiative is closely aligned with their mission and goals that they believe are important and valuable next step for their work. Their community building initiatives organize through collaboration with diverse organizations and residents. Adding the intergenerational “lens” or focus to their strategies will greatly enhance the effectiveness and inclusiveness of their work